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Council Reports given at the San Francisco Senatus 110th Meeting, April 11th, 2013,
(Archived News Notes and Web Site)                          


1) Seattle Comitium:  Nine Curiae and 14 praesidia are attached, of which four praesidia gave reports in the last quarter.  Works include Pilgrim Virgin, prayer and literature distribution at abortion clinics, teaching of the rosary and catechism, home and hospital visitation, and booths at county fairs.  One praesidium has the goal of starting a junior praesidium.  Three Curiae also gave reports in the last quarter.  Several fallen away Catholics were helped to return to the practice of the Faith.  RCIA, religious education classes, home and hospital visitation were all mentioned in the reports, as well as efforts to reach out to non-Catholics and to couples with marriage difficulties.  Br. Perlas said a lot of good work is being done. 
(Report by Br. Simpson, President)

2) South San Mateo Curia: Thirteen attached praesidia including 3 Spanish, 2 junior and 1 seminary, and each praesidium has a spiritual director.  An English-speaking praesidium is being formed at St. Francis Parish in East Palo Alto.  Immaculata Praesidium has a monthly Mass at a residential care home; they visit the homebound; do door-to-door visitation; teach CCD; and man a book barrow.  They made a special effort to reach out to former active Legion members.  Our Lady of the Most Holy Eucharist has five active members and they do detention ministry, RCIA, CCD, homebound visitation, and promotion of Eucharistic Adoration.  They plan to do a parish census.  Our Lady of Nativity has 7 active members and their works include pro-life apostolate, door-to-door, and visitation of the sick.  Our Lady of Evangelists gave their 19th annual report; they have a book barrow, Patricians, library ministry, and organize the First Saturday devotion.  Seat of Wisdom Praesidium at St. Patrick’s Seminary has 8 active and 1 auxiliary member.  They do youth ministry, catechism, confirmation preparation, lead the daily rosary and had a barbecue with their fellow seminarians.  They undertook an Exploratio Dominicalis, cultivate Marian devotion, and familiarize fellow seminarians with the evangelizing work of the Legion of Mary.  The Curia’s Acies had an attendance of 150 Legionaries.  A Congress is planned for April 27.  The Catholic Information Booth at the San Mateo County Fair is planned for June 8-16.  Sr. Angeles, Curia President, asked if there could be a junior praesidium in a parish where there is no senior praesidium.  Among the responses:  Senior Legionaries from a neighboring parish could supervise this praesidium.  If senior members attend the junior praesidium and do two hours of work this would fulfill their work obligation.  Br. Perlas noted that one of the Spanish Praesidia of the Curia, from St. Anthony’s, is coming to the Spanish Curia in San Francisco.  A question was raised as to the validity of work on a spiritual devotion such as Simbang Gabi.  Br. Perlas stated that if Legionaries organize it, it is valid, but if they just attend, this is not valid work. (Report by Sr. Angeles, President).

3) Salinas Curia: The Curia has 5 praesidia.  They all have between 4 and 7 members, bring Holy Eucharist to the homebound, do RCIA, CCD, door-to-door, pray at Planned Parenthood, and jail ministry.  Three praesidia organized and hosted the Divine Mercy Novena and Sunday devotion.  The Acies was held on March 24.  Extension is planned in several parishes.  An appointment has been made by the curia officers to meet with their diocesan bishop. (Report prepared by Sr. Fabi, Correspondent and read by Sr. Peterson)

4) Portland Curia: They had 70% attendance at their January meeting, which was the last meeting from which minutes were received.  The pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish thanked the Legion for their participation in the life of the parish.  He challenged the Legion of Mary to use new technology to reach more people.  Visitations to the attached praesidia were satisfactorily completed.  The Curia president asked members working with children to attend the archdiocese’s “Call to Protect” program.  Their Acies was scheduled for March 16.  (Report by Br. Frost, Correspondent)
5) San Francisco Spanish Curia:  They have 5 attached praesidia, and attendance at Council meetings is 50%.  The Curia meets at a different parish each month.  It is difficult to find a time convenient to all.  A new praesidium is being established, and is being helped to do door-to-door, and will be participating in Apostolate to the Crowd.  Contacts have been established with Spanish Praesidia in the Mission Excelsior and South San Mateo Curiae.  Columban Drives are planned for Mission Dolores and St. Charles parishes.  Among the works of the Curia are door-to-door, home visitation, Pilgrim Virgin, public rosaries, CCD, Bible study.  The rosary is taught to a group of 20 people at a Protestant Church.  Fr. Goode noted that the Spanish Praesidium at St. Francis Parish prefers to attend the South San Mateo Curia.  Br. Miller said that the Maria Legionis magazine is not available in Spanish although some articles from it are available from El Salvador.  The Curia’s door-to-door work is limited due to the language problem.  They do more street contact work as they can find Spanish-speaking people easily among those passing by.  Br. Perlas said that one of the goals of the Senatus is to have Spanish Curiae in the East Bay and in San Mateo County. 
Below: Monthly Local Reports from the San Francisco Senatus, 110th Meeting, April 11th, 2013.

1) Columban Drives:  Columban Drives are planned at several parishes in the next month.  Praesidia in neighboring parishes will be asked to help.

2) Peregrinatio Pro Christo: Br. Marten stated that the San Jose Comitium has been consulted regarding a parish in their area for this year’s PPC.

3) Acies: Br. Perlas thanked Our Lady of Mercy Praesidium at St. Cecilia’s for hosting the Acies.  He said that the attendance was much better than in previous years.  Fr. Lim gave a very inspirational talk.  Sr. Abisamis of the newly affiliated Star of the Sea Praesidium said that her members were very much moved by the Acies, all were almost in tears.

4) Senatus Activities for the Year: Br. Perlas asked members to take home flyers with the dates of Senatus activities for the year, including a workshop on June 22, the Day of Recollection on July 6,and the summer function on August 17.  The Legion of Mary Retreat will be from August 2-4. The North San Mateo and San Jose Legionaries have been coming.and there are openings for Senatus Legionaries.  Br. Perlas has attended for more than 12 years.  The Year of Faith Conference will be on August 10 or 31.  The PPC will be in September.  The Rosary Rally will be October 12.

5) Change of Date for Senatus Meetings:
Br. Perlas announced the Senatus meetings in Nov. and Dec. will be on the first Thurs. of the month (Nov. 7 and Dec. 5) because the hall is not available on the 2nd Thursdays.

6) Year of Faith – Catholic Radio Campaign: Br. Williams asked Legionaries to get materials from him to give to Legionaries and non-Legionaries to distribute regarding Catholic radio.  He said that this campaign has helped people to join the Legion of Mary.  They were pleased to be asked to do something.  It is strategic to invite people to do work in hopes of their becoming members.

7) Traditional Latin Mass: Brother Perlas announced that the Traditional Latin Mass would be celebrated at 11:00 am at Star of the Sea Church, starting May 26 and every Sunday after that.

Below, an excerpt from Porta Fidei - Emeritus Pope Benedict urges us to publicly profess our faith: "Confessing with the lips indicates in turn that faith implies public testimony and commitment. A Christian may never think of belief as a private act. Faith is choosing to stand with the Lord so as to live with him. This “standing with him” points towards an understanding of the reasons for believing. Faith, precisely because it is a free act, also demands social responsibility for what one believes.

The Church on the day of Pentecost demonstrates with utter clarity this public dimension of believing and
proclaiming one’s faith fearlessly to every person.
It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that makes us fit for mission and strengthens our witness, making it frank and courageous." With the Apostolic Letter of 11 October 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith. This year will begin on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.
  *Totus Tuus*
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